Cian O’Sullivan rises highest to claim the sliotar. Picture: Deryck Vincent

ST BRIGID’S Cian O’Sullivan continued his strong start to the year with a first half goal for Dublin’s senior hurlers as they dismissed UCD by 11 points, making it two wins from two in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup at Parnell Park.
It sets up a deciding game on Thursday evening with Wexford at Shelmaliers with a win insuring Ger Cunningham’s side advance to the semi-finals.
Dublin took the lead for the first time in the 17th minute thanks to a Cian O’Sullivan point to make it 0-6 to 0-5 after reeling in UCD’s early advantage.
Donal Burke – a Dublin minor last season – had fired a couple of points at this stage en route to a personal tally of 1-10 after UCD hit the first three points. Once Dublin hit the front, they never trailed again with the goals coming from Cian O’Sullivan in the first half and a late Burke penalty.
On a couple of occasions, the students threatened to cut into the Dublin advantage but each time Ger Cunningham’s youthful side found the scores to fend off the students.
UCD hit three points in quick succession between the 43rd and 45th minutes but Fergal Whitely and Crumlin’s Ben Quinn replied for the boys in blue.
The Belfield side rallied again with 20 minutes remaining but again two points from Caolan Conway and another from Alex Quinn, twin brother of Ben, restored Dublin’s strong lead.
Going down the home straight, a Burke penalty and Ben Quinn point immediately after ending whatever slim chance UCD had of staging a heroic late comeback.
Despite a slow start, Dublin had opened up a 1-15 to 0-11 lead by the interval.
The goal came in the 31st minute when St Brigid’s Cian O’Sullivan fired to the net past UCD’s Darragh Hughes – his second goal of this Walsh Cup campaign – this one a clinical finish following a superb fetch.
Niall McMorrow chipped in with three first half points, a brace coming in quick succession just at the midpoint of the half as Dublin began to dominate proceedings.


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